Al-Ahram  , Daily Newspaper published in Cairo. Interview By Rania Ri’fa’i.

Al-Ahram, Daily Newspaper published in Cairo. Interview By Rania Ri’fa’i.

I often suggest Western elements in my work and merge them or reorient them to my Muslim culture, a sort of re-appropriation of popular Western culture that I grew up being influenced by,” Abouon explains.

It is very obvious that the work represents the artist’s struggles living in the West with an Islamic upbringing. Abouon underlines that as she stands between the two cultures, she keeps asking herself questions related to her identity: “How do I want to represent myself in the world? Who am I veiled or unveiled? It is human nature to question and this is encouraged in the Islamic tradition.
— Excerpt from Ahram Online interview
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VOGUE Italia 2006


Al-Matar Rahma

Hardships are blessings; they call onto patience and faith. Al-Matar Rahma depicts a positive outlook on the dark moments of life.  Hardships are among life’s certainties. They are a reality that transcend beyond colors and faiths.  They are valuable lessons waiting to be learned. Yet after hardship comes light; Indeed, with hardship comes ease (Quran; 94:6). 

Islam teaches to remain steadfast in times of affliction. Truly! Allah is with the steadfast (Quran; 2:153).  Prayer unites our mind, body and soul; therein we manifest submission to His authority, gratitude for His mercies, and penitence for our sins. In prayer we stand together free of discrimination. Similar to prayer, rain does not discriminate; it transcends form and color.  Similarly, in Al-Matar Rahma colors are side-by-side; striving in unison. 


Les épreuves sont des bénédictions. Elles font appel à notre patience et notre foi. Al-Matar Rahma offre une perspective positive sur les moments sombres de notre vie. Un jour ou l’autre, nous devons faire face à des épreuves. Elles sont une réalité qui dépasse les couleurs et les religions, des leçons qui nous serons données un jour. Néanmoins, après l’épreuve vient  la lumière, avec l’épreuve vient la félicité (Coran; 94:6).

L’Islam nous enseigne à rester ferme dans les temps d’affliction. Allah est aux côtés de celui qui reste ferme (Coran; 2:153). La prière unit notre esprit, notre corps et notre âme, et par elle nous manifestons notre soumission à Son autorité, notre reconnaissance pour Ses grâces et notre pénitence pour nos péchés. Dans la prière nous nous retrouvons ensemble, libres de toute discrimination. Semblable à la prière, la pluie ne fait pas de discrimination, elle transcende les formes et les couleurs. De même, dans Al-Matar Rahma, les couleurs sont côte-à-côte, tendant vers l’unisson.

↑ Instillation view of 'Al Matar Rahma', off Shaykh Zayed road for the Cultural Village, Business Bay. 2006


↓ Various exhibitions I have participated in from Paris, Montreal, Dubai, London, NY, VA ;